Ada Nada Barbaresco Elisa 2015
Very deep carmine red tending towards garnet. Full aromas, with a winning personality and spicy, ripe fruit notes. Elegant and juicy with sweet, mellow tannins.
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Based in Treiso, this is one of three Nada estates in Barbaresco. This wine shows a sweet, smoky but lifted cherry and raspberry nose. The attack is fresh and perky, supported by light tannins. Although it's not particularly complex, it's balanced and well made. Lacks some acidity and drive on the finish.
Aromas of dark berry, underbrush and cooking spice appear in the glass. The savory palate offers dried black cherry, tobacco and star anise alongside polished tannins and firm acidity.
The history of this family business began long ago in 1919. Today Ada Nada is run by Annalisa, fourth generation, and her husband Elvio. Elvio personally takes care of the vineyards, almost as if they were gardens, and Giancarlo (3rd generation) continues to follow and better the wine production, while Annalisa runs the agriturismo with great enthusiasm, spoiling her guests.
The welcoming agriturismo arose in 1997 when the family farmhouse was restored and tastefully filled with the period original furniture and detail. Here, guests can relax admiring the luscious countryside, go for walks among the vineyards, or go trekking along the signed paths.
A wine that most perfectly conveys the spirit and essence of its place, Barbaresco is true reflection of terroir. Its star grape, like that in the neighboring Barolo region, is Nebbiolo. Four townships within the Barbaresco zone can produce Barbaresco: the actual village of Barbaresco, as well as Neive, Treiso and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.
Broadly speaking there are more similarities in the soils of Barbaresco and Barolo than there are differences. Barbaresco’s soils are approximately of the same two major soil types as Barolo: blue-grey marl of the Tortonion epoch, producing more fragile and aromatic characteristics, and Helvetian white yellow marl, which produces wines with more structure and tannins.
Nebbiolo ripens earlier in Barbaresco than in Barolo, primarily due to the vineyards’ proximity to the Tanaro River and lower elevations. While the wines here are still powerful, Barbaresco expresses a more feminine side of Nebbiolo, often with softer tannins, delicate fruit and an elegant perfume. Typical in a well-made Barbaresco are expressions of rose petal, cherry, strawberry, violets, smoke and spice. These wines need a few years before they reach their peak, the best of which need over a decade or longer. Bottle aging adds more savory characteristics, such as earth, iron and dried fruit.
Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.